Dances with Wolves Essay

2133 Words Jan 13th, 2011 9 Pages
Here's a sample of an essay which reviews a film. It was written by Adrienne who took this class several years ago.
Dances With Wolves Essay
Adrienne Redding
No matter how you choose to categorize human beings, whether by race or religion, nationality or gender, the resultant categories will display at least one immutable constant. Each group, no matter how diverse their beliefs or how dissimilar their behaviors, will contain men of honest and peaceful natures as well as men of divisive and violent natures. In the film Dances With Wolves, we are exposed to two distinct categories of people inhabiting post civil war America, the white man and the Native American. We, most likely, begin the movie with defined ideas as to which group
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They are curious and although they leave when Dunbar first shows himself they discuss him later in their camp. We get our first glimpse of the white man through an Indian's eyes. They describe the white men as being dirty men who ride and shoot poorly. Their meeting shows them to be contemplative and intelligent. They are respectful of their elders and obey the Chief when he decides the matter needs to be discussed more before any action is taken.
Dunbar, being a man who chooses to act rather than react, decides to present himself to the Indians as an Ambassador. His desire is to create a channel of communication with the Indians that will, in the future, benefit both groups. On his way, he meets Stands With A Fist, who has, in her mourning ritual, injured herself. She passes out and John returns her to the Indian camp. When he first sees the camp, he is impressed by it. He hands the woman over and is allowed to leave in peace.
The Indians visit him in return, and a sort of communication is attempted. Dunbar is forming an opinion of these people based on knowledge and personal experience rather than generalizations. He reveals the feelings he is having when he states, "Nothing I have been told about these people is correct. They are not beggars and thieves. They are not the bogeymen they have been made out to be. On the contrary, they are polite

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